Men’s 15s practice this week is Tuesday and Thursday at 8PM in Neptune (Pop Warner Field at 2375 W Bangs Ave, Neptune, NJ 07753). Now we are in August it is time for the serious work to begin. New players are always welcome and existing players should bring a friend that wants to get back into a sport.
Congratulations to the Renegades!! The women’s team has worked hard the past few seasons, and after years of dominating their conference in Division 2 play, the women were invited to advance to Division 1. The Renegades are excited to have new teams to play and are looking forward to some highly competitive matches this fall. Come check out the ladies this fall. Home matches are played at Thompson Park in Lincroft.
9/7 – @ Village Lions
9/14 – HOME v Providence
9/21 – HOME v Boston
9/28 – BYE
10/5 – HOME v Albany
10/12 – HOME v Morris
10/19 – @ Providence
10/26 – @ Boston
Home matches are played in Thompson Park and usually start at 11am.
805 Newman Springs Road Lincroft, NJ 07738
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The Renegades opened the day at Harrisburg 7s with a 17-15 win over a hard hitting Lancaster team. Early scoring with quick runs allowed the ladies to execute great team plays and passing. Colleen Dwyer scored two trys and Colleen Erickson added another and the Renegades were able to hang on to the win even after Liz Kelly was given a yellow late in the game.
In game two the Renegades suffered the first loss of the day dropping a 14-12 score to tournament hosts Harrisburg. A very skilled and athletic Harrisburg team was able to score the eventual game winning try off a lucky bouncing ball that caught the defense off guard. In spite of the heat and a lot of kicking by both teams, the Renegades were able to lay out some big hits and make Harrisburg work for every inch of the pitch. The game came down to the wire and the Renegades were not able to produce in the final minutes of the game. Diana Valencia and Sybil Taunton saw the try zone in this game. Harrisburg went on to be the eventual tournament winners.
Game three was pure domination for the Renegades beating the Lady Hooligans by a score of 31-12. The Renegades capitalized on a hesitant opposition and were able to take advantage of finding gaps and making long runs. Also noted in this game was Lizz Kelly’s full field sprint and diving tackle to keep the Hooligans scoreless in the second half. Great team effort! Lizz Kelly had 1 Colleen Erickson had 2 Kate Kelly had 1 and rookie Louise aka Frenchie had 1. Kate Kelly also stepped up and had 3 conversions.
Game four was the first round of playoffs and the Renegades were paired to play Division I powerhouse Keystone. The Renegades ended up on the losing end with a final score of 31-14 but in no way is the score reflective on how well the team played! On both the offensive and defensive end the Renegades ran hard and hit hard. Early trys by both teams indicated that the game could go either way. Leave it to the official to make a few controversial calls, the Renegades getting caught NOT BACK 10, TWICE and Keystone punching in an easy try, the momentum of the game was swung away from our favor. STILL such a great showing in a tough, hard fought game. Sybil Taunton and Kate Kelly were able to score.
Hoping to go out with a win in the consolation game, the Renegades suffered a heartbreaker two minutes into the game. One of our new rookies, and visitor to the States, Louise “Frenchie” Verley from France went down with an injury. She eventually left the field in an ambulance with what turned out to be a dislocated knee. Both teams decided on not finishing the game.
So the Renegades finished the day 2-2 and look forward to the rest of the summer It was nice to have a full 12 man roster on such a hot day. We hope to continue to keep numbers up at practice. We also have a lot of great rookies that we would like to keep around. Louise is said to have been feeling better and is recovering. Happy 4th of July!
On saturday, the 13th of august, the Monmouth Rugby Club will play host to the Dungannon, an All Ireland League Division 1B club. They will be in states for just about a week to see how they fare against American clubs, as they also move to take on the boston Irish Wolfhounds on the following thursday. Monmouth decided to put together a presidents side, inviting all New Jersey based rugby clubs to try out their interested and best players.
Come on out to Thompson park to watch, kickoff is at 1pm.
David Del Pizzo
The 7s program finished its wildly successful summer yesterday, placing both Mens’ and Womens’ team in their respective cup finals at the Surfside 7s Tournament on the beach in Stone Harbor, NJ.
After storming their way to the final with a 25-0 thrashing of Media, the 3-0 mens’ team encountered a fast and physical Shockers side. Although there was no shortage of effort or physicality in the match, “clean” would not be one of the adjectives to describe this game. Monmouth had, but could not connect on countless scoring opportunities (if you’re sensing frustration in the tone of this, you would be correct). After a long try at the end of regulation by Joe Lucarelli and a clutch conversion by Nick “The Fattest Foot in the East” Lucarelli, MRFC took the game into overtime. However, once again sloppy play doomed the boys, who gave up a try at the end of the first overtime period and were blanked in the second to fall to the Shockers 21-14.
Having not had a legit practice session in weeks, and despite traveling to Stone Harbor with only 7 ladies, the Renegades borrowed a player or two en route to a wonderful run to the final. Athleticism and chemistry were the words of the day as the ladies tackled and crashed their way through their pool and then scored a lovely, hard fought try at the end of the semifinal to defeat rival Morris. However, a spritely Cheseapeake side showed a bit more speed and endurance against our short-handed Renegades, who fell despite a valiant effort.
Robbie’s editorial- Having been through six summer seasons with the club, I speak for all the senior players who played this year in expressing our sincere honor to have been a part of this run. This was, by far, the most successful summer campaign in a long time (quite possibly in MRFC history) both on and off the field. The memories from these last few months will be with us forever, and I am, as always, privileged to have been able to wear the colors and represent the club.
Rockaway 7s Cup Champions
Binghamton Roadkill 7s Cup Champion
Lehigh Valley 7s Bowl Champion
Surfside 7s Cup Runner- Up
Surfside 7s Cup Runner-Up
Now it’s time to parlay this success into a METNY title in the fall. Rest your legs, hit the gym and get ready for a NASTY fall season.